I've backed away from some of the tangle challenges recently. I love the Diva challenges and know I'll get back to them, but sometimes a creative challenge can turn into a real one. When the goal is more about finishing and posting my art by the deadline rather than enjoying the challenge and trying some new pattern or trick, I know it's time for me to step away from the challenges. Creating Zentangle® art should be inspirational, relaxing, and fun, and it should not feel like homework or cause stress.
The tangly famous Sandy Steen Bartholomew has a new line of tangle card packs coming out soon, so she's offering some weekly contests. The winner gets one of the not-yet-available packs!
This week's challenge is to use Sandy's pattern, Y.A.F. (Yet Another Flower). I tend to enjoy flower patterns and thought this challenge might be fun to motivate me. YAF is easy to create, and it has a lot of options for tangellations. I'm glad I played along with this challenge.
For my challenge, I started with the rim of my flower pot then added my YAF blooms. I connected the two with some Quib-like stems. I filled the flower pot with Bales, 'Nzeppel, and Copada. When I saw YAF, I immediately thought of violets, hence the purple tones. I used some direct and indirect coloring with my Tombow markers. This is definitely one of my favorite ways to color in a ZIA, or Zentangle® Inspired Art.
Next week, Sandy will ask people to vote for their favorite piece using YAF. If you like mine, I hope you'll vote on Sandy's BeezInk Facebook page. :-) Thanks!